Fashion Plate: 1824, Puffs, Trim, and Accessories

1824

The late 1820s marked the transition back to the natural waist after almost two decades of the classically inspired empire line. At first glance it may seem that the lady on the left is the more interested in fashion. The silhouette of her dress, particularly the sleeves, is more noticeable, but if we take a look at the details she is the more nonchalant of the two.

Her friend wears a cream shawl with pale aquamarine, salmon, and rose stripes at the end. The aquamarine ties in with the color of her parasol and the details of her bonnet. 75% of her dress is trimmed and she wears a collar with lace edging.While I like her accessories the dress is rather overdone.

What is your opinion?

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alexa Adams says:

    The lady on the right is a bit overdone, but I much prefer her bonnet to her companion’s, plus the puff sleeves and ruff seem a bit much. All in all, I think I would rather be over trimmed than lumpy. Beautiful plate! I look forward to more.

    1. Yes her bonnet is definitely more lovely– I like her shawl as well.

      “All in all, I think I would rather be over trimmed than lumpy. ”

      Good point. 🙂

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